Best Battlefield Commander of World War II ... Period!!




View Poll Results :Who was the very best Battlefield Commander of World War II??
Field Marshall Carl Mannerheim (Finland) 5 8.33%
Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery (United Kingdom) 2 3.33%
Field Marshall Philippe Leclerc (France) 0 0%
General Nikolai Fedorovich Vatutin (USSR) 1 1.67%
Field Marshal Ivan Konev (USSR) 0 0%
Field Marshall Georgii K Zhukov (USSR) 12 20.00%
General George S Patton (USA) 6 10.00%
General Mitsuru Ushijima (Japan) 0 0%
General Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Japan) 1 1.67%
Lieutenant-General Masaharu Honma (Japan) 0 0%
General Tomoyuki Yamashita (Japan) 2 3.33%
Field Marshall Hermann Hoth (Germany) 0 0%
Field Marshall Fedor von Bock (Germany) 0 0%
Field Marshall Walther Model (Germay) 1 1.67%
Field Marshall Erwin Rommel (Germany) 9 15.00%
General Heinz Guderian (Germany) 8 13.33%
Field Marshall Erich von Manstein (Germany) 5 8.33%
General Dwight D Eisenhower (USA) 4 6.67%
General Omar Bradley (USA) 1 1.67%
General Douglas MacArthur (USA) 3 5.00%
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March 2nd, 2005  
godofthunder9010
 
 

Topic: Best Battlefield Commander of World War II ... Period!!


Its inevitable I think, so lets just put it out there already. Who was the baddest WW2 Commander of them all?? I'm very curious how this one turns out.

EDIT: Might not hurt to explain your vote. I will explain mine later, but I don't think it belongs in the topic starter.
March 2nd, 2005  
Doppleganger
 
 
Still has to be Manstein for me just, and you know how much I love Guderian (check sig and avatar pic!) His memoirs, 'Lost Victories', sum up what might have been. However, this was one of those rare times when a nation had 2 military geniuses, Guderian and Manstein. All other commanders of WW2, as good as some of them were, were either the student of the former or in the shadow of the latter.
March 2nd, 2005  
Zucchini
 
I refuse to reveal my vote.
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March 2nd, 2005  
godofthunder9010
 
 
I voted for Guderian of course. Inventer of Blitzkrieg and a royal pain in the butt for an enemy to deal with on the Battlefield. Manstein is a close second for me, which most of you already know.
March 17th, 2005  
Ashes
 
Have to stick with Zhukov.
Hard to say if he was the best, but he was the commander that saved Russia when it was on it's knees,[following on that, saving Europe] defeat the Germans and their top commanders, [including Guderian and Manstein] sometimes against the odds, in the most decisive battles of WW2, and eventually capturing Berlin.
March 23rd, 2005  
melkor the first
 

Topic: My choice-Yamashita


General Yamashita conducted one of the finest campaigns of the war against Singapore and the most frustrating (from the US view) in the Phillipines.
Amazingly, since there were so few war crimes against the Japanese,and inwhose prison allied prisoners suffered a worse fatality rate than in the Stalags, we still found time to railroad and execute this man.(John Toland The rising Sun and James Webb's The Emperor's General). I would like to throw out the name of General Herman Balck who both Alan Clark(if I remember correctly) and Maj. Gen. F.W. Von Mellenthin considered the finest German field commander.
March 25th, 2005  
WarMachine
 
 
you know how much george patton would've done in Korea if he didn't die after ww2? He's like the american version of rommel, and has the leadership ability of zhukov.

He pretty much single-handedly led the allies through europe and north africa for the entire offensive there.
March 25th, 2005  
Doppleganger
 
 

Topic: Re: My choice-Yamashita


Quote:
Originally Posted by melkor the first
General Yamashita conducted one of the finest campaigns of the war against Singapore and the most frustrating (from the US view) in the Phillipines.
Amazingly, since there were so few war crimes against the Japanese,and inwhose prison allied prisoners suffered a worse fatality rate than in the Stalags, we still found time to railroad and execute this man.(John Toland The rising Sun and James Webb's The Emperor's General). I would like to throw out the name of General Herman Balck who both Alan Clark(if I remember correctly) and Maj. Gen. F.W. Von Mellenthin considered the finest German field commander.
Yes, Balck was a very fine Panzer Commander. Not the best IMO and he had a limited influence over the war compared to either Guderian or Manstein.
March 25th, 2005  
06USMC
 
 
Ike is the best General in history
March 25th, 2005  
Doppleganger
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by clark130
Ike is the best General in history
In history? That's a pretty bold claim. Care to give reasons why you think this?